The New York Police Department are on a massive hunt this evening for a man accused of raping a 7-year-old little girl after breaking into her family’s Staten Island residence.
New York Daily News reports that Daniel Nieto, 32, is accused of entering the unlocked back door of a Staten Island house on Sunday afternoon. He reportedly spotted a young girl in the home and sexually assaulted her in her bedroom. The incident occurred on August 6, at around 2:45 a.m. Police did not disclose the victim’s address.
However, authorities didn’t know that Nieto had raped the young girl until after he was released from jail. He was being held on trespassing charges after entering the home, but was released before police received information regarding the sexual assault.
The suspect fled from the home shortly after, and as of today, is still at large. NYPD believe that the suspect is Nieto, although they have not confirmed how he knew of the residence or if he stole anything. However, according to the police, the suspect did not know the young girl or her family.
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Nieto is a hispanic male, standing, 5-foot-2, with black hair and dark brown eyes. He weighs around 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing brown pants, a white short-sleeved T-shirt, a black vest, and brown shoes.
Prior to his trespassing arrest, Nieto had no other arrest records in New York. Therefore, police are still trying to determine where he lives.
Anyone with any information on the crime or on Nieto’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Police state that all calls can remain confidential. You can also send a text tip to send text tips to CRIMES (274637), and enter TIP577 from your phone. To email a tip, visit the New York Police Department’s official Crime Stoppers website, and click on “Submit Tip.”
The story is still developing as the New York police continue to search for the suspect. The young girl is still recovering from her injuries, but is said to be protected by family members as she gets through this difficult time.
[Photo Courtesy of the New York Police Department]